FREEHOLD – Two individuals have been arrested in connection with a stabbing Wednesday morning in Eatontown, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Casey Ern, 29, of  Cromwell, Connecticut, and Stephanie Tillman, 28, of Eatontown, are charged with first degree Attempted Murder, first degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, first degree Armed Robbery, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, in connection with the stabbing of a 48-year old man.

Eatontown police responded shortly before 2 a.m. to the Crystal Inn Motel located on Route 35 for a report of a man being stabbed.  Upon their arrival, police discovered the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds to his neck and body.  The victim was subsequently taken to a local hospital for treatment. A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Eatontown Police Department revealed Ern and Tillman’s involvement in the stabbing.

If convicted of the first degree offenses, Ern and Tillman face up to 20 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the “No Early Release Act,” requiring them to serve 85 % of the sentence before being eligible for release on parole.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendants have all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law.

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